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Credibility in Public Speaking

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” (Lee Iacocca). Credibility in the words spoken convinces the audience to trust and rely on the words spoken. This alone can ensure the desired result of the speech.

The first step in ensuring credibility is having a clear idea on the audience and the suitability of the message to be conveyed. Research the topic well in advance and think the topic through. Steve Jobs of Apple spends good time in thinking through the message he intends to convey. Construct the material with a captivating introduction and a conclusion. It is normal that the conclusion matches with the ideas conveyed during the introduction. A well articulated introduction has the power of drawing immediate attention of the audience and igniting the curiosity of the audience in the talk. It should state in brief the gist of the topic to be talked about. The contents should be well organised and free flowing. Movement from one topic to another must be gradual.

Language used in the speech should be given careful consideration. As a general rule, its best to avoid technical jargons, however in cases when it is inevitable, the meaning of the technical jargons must be made clear to the audience. The speaker should have a command over the words used; malapropisms can confuse the audience and dilute the import of the speech. The speaker must be sure of the meaning of the words used, its relevance to the topic in hand, pronunciation, etc. If the speech is backed by the visual aid, it should be suited to the occasion. One should desist from imposing individual ideas on the audiences. The audience should be given the opportunity to decide themselves from the ideas conveyed by the speech. To make the speech credible, the speaker must rehearse the speech a number of times to reduce unnecessary interruptions. While rehearsing, concentrate on the tone of the speech to be used and exploit the timbre to insist the key words and draw the attention of the audience towards the key message.

On the day of the speech, ensure to arrive at the venue well before time to avoid delay to the meeting. The speaker should be dressed to the occasion. The attention of the audience must be drawn to the speech and not the attire. The attire, jewellery, shoes, perfumes, hairstyle, etc must be complimentary to that of the audience.

Make a confident entry to the podium and start with a brilliant introduction. Maintaining eye contact with the audience convinces them of the credibility of the information. Cite valid examples wherever possible to support your data as this has immense power of instilling interest in the listeners. The body movement must add the necessary support to the words spoken. Never let anything like a podium, etc come between you and the others. The speech must be made spontaneously and should not be read out as this loses to catch the interest of the audience and reduces the influential power of the words.

During an interactive session with the audience, emotions should be kept under control and the speaker should never be aggressive or offensive. The others must be given ample time to voice their suggestions and the speaker should respect the people by not interrupting them while they express their views. The speech must end with a convincing conclusion that ensures the strength of your beliefs to the words spoken.

In short, a credible speech calls for an unbiased, well defined, well organised, dazzling flow of words by a magnetic personality.

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